Home Contractor's Corner Solarguard Pro: tackling dirt and debris on PV installations

Solarguard Pro: tackling dirt and debris on PV installations

Many households in the UK have installed solar panels, but as James Robinson, Sales and Marketing Director of Samac Fixings, explains, build-up of debris under the panels can cause issues, but a solution does exist to prevent this occurring…

An ever-increasing number of households are turning to solar panels to both reduce their environmental footprint and to rein in skyrocketing heating costs. Data from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) suggests there are around 1.3 million homes with solar panel installations, and there is good reason to adopt this technology. Even on overcast days, modern solar panels are capable of generating a significant amount of energy. This, coupled with rising concerns about energy security and climate change, has led to a surge in demand for solar installations across the nation.

For roofers, the rise in solar panel installations presents a good opportunity for expansion and diversification. As more homeowners and businesses opt for solar energy solutions, the demand for experienced professionals capable of installing and maintaining these systems is at an all-time high. But beneath the gleaming promise of solar energy lies a hidden challenge – maintenance.

From soggy leaves to unyielding dirt, the stubborn debris that accumulates under the solar panels can create an environment ripe for mould and rot, jeopardising the structural integrity of a roof and its capacity to support the weight of panels themselves.

Above: Some solar PV panels offer perfect nesting spots and perfect perches for birds, leading to corrosive droppings gathering beneath and on top of the panels.

Moreover, these panels offer irresistible nesting spots and perfect perches for birds. This leads to corrosive droppings gathering beneath and on top of the panels, in gutters and on patios below. Some solutions to stop this involve drilling onto the panels, increasing the risk of extremely costly damage and voiding the panel warranty.

However, there is an answer. Solarguard Pro is a retrofit solution that can sort out these tricky maintenance problems. Installation is simple – just attach the two corner pieces to the highest row of panels, position the guard sections between them and secure in place with a mounting clamp. In keeping with the eco-friendly nature of solar panels, any waste product generated during installation can be recycled.

Each pack of Solarguard Pro is easy to install and safeguards up to eight solar panels. Simply affix the two corner pieces to the highest row of panels, position the guard sections between them and secure them in place with a mounting clamp. Each pack includes 20 guards, four corner guards, and 108 mounting clamps, suitable for use on all solar panels with a U-profile. It also comes with a reassuring 10-year warranty, offering installers and homeowners genuine peace of mind.
With the growing number of households turning to solar panels in a bid to reduce their environmental impact and slash soaring heating bills, this is a good opportunity for roofing contractors to add value to their customers and protect solar panels for years to come.

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